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Inside the Vicinity


Local Heroes 8 Local’s Adversity Spars Career in End-of-Life and Grief Support 9 Pantry is Extending a Heartfelt Helping Hand to the Community

15 Neuropathy Breakthrough 19 Recognizing Macular Degeneration



21 COVER Line Eraser MD Is Redefining Aesthetic Medicine

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24 Local Gift Guide Find the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts

26 The Science Behind PIXAR at Liberty Science Center 28 Summer Camp 2024 28 How to Choose a Summer Camp Your Kids Will Love and You Approve 29 Summer Camp 2024 Activities

32 Art in the Vicinity Jessica Margo—Noticing Exceptional Moments

34 Reduce Stress for a Healthier Heart



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Chatham Girl Scouts Learn Life Lessons Through Thoughtful Projects


he Chatham Girl Scouts dazzled with their 2022 Spring service unit project, sowing seeds of change. Under their care, over 200 native tree seedlings sprouted, representing a green initiative to nurture Mother Earth. Continuing their impactful journey, in 2023, the scouts, exploring sustainability and addressing food insecurity, actively cultivated an impressive annual harvest of over 200 pounds of produce in the community garden. This ongoing green initiative has been a dedicated activity for the Chatham Girl Scouts since 2017. Their generosity continues to ripple as the homegrown goodness is donated to a local food pantry. Beyond food, these young changemakers supported seniors, learning about compassion by becoming green-thumb companions in the community garden. In a reel of life lessons, the troops seized the big

These Chatham Girl Scouts Bridget Bailey, Jaya Prasad, Ashley Merse, and Audrey Robson are working hard in the community garden.

screen, hosting the Second Annual Moms Helping Moms diaper drive as part of a movie trip to see “Taylor Swift – The Eras Tour 2023.” Over 175 attendees donated diapers to the cause. Troop leader Jessica Romeo emphasized, “Girl Scouts isn’t just about crafts; it’s about service, empowerment, and improving the world. These girls are becoming strong, caring citizens, ready to make a difference.”

Madison’s Like Air® Snacks Soars to Victory on Shark Tank


ngie Saber, a Short Hills resident and former State Department political officer, instills purpose into her jewelry line, rêves. Beyond adorning busy women affordably, rêves gleams with intention – supporting displaced refugees through a share of its proceeds. Forged from gold vermeil and precious gemstones, these sweat-proof pieces seamlessly marry style and practicality. Committed to empowering working women, Angie envisions her jewelry as a sense of polish and comfort to their bustling lives. Beyond mere fashion, rêves serves as a reflection of Angie’s transformative journey through motherhood. She expresses, “Crafting these pieces helped me rediscover my true self.” She aspires to provide a similar transformative experience for her customers through her jewelry line. 6 | Vicinity Magazine | February 2024


ike Air® Snacks achieved a triumphant milestone in January, securing an investment on Shark Tank. Founded by siblings Allison Lin, Steven Atieh, and Kevin Atieh, this family-run business, headquartered in Madison, is committed to revolutionizing healthy snacking without compromising on taste. During their pitch, the team dazzled the Sharks with their light and airy puffcorn that is glutenfree, made in a nut-free facility, free from eight of the major allergens, and melts in your mouth at a mere 50 calories per cup. The Founders captivated the attention of Sharks Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner, who made an offer after sampling the puffcorn. The episode showcased Like Air’s dedication to crafting better-for-you and school-safe snacks. Their journey continues as they expand partnerships, introduce new purchasing options, and maintain a vibrant presence on social media. For more information, visit or in stores locally at Stop & Shop, ShopRite, Wegmans, and Uncle Guiseppe’s.

From left, siblings Steve Atieh, Allison Lin and Kevin Atieh, cheer after receiving an offer from Sharks, Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.

From left: Sharks Lori Greiner and Mark Cuban sample some Like Air® Snacks.

Summit Resident Crafts Timeless Sound Capsules


manda Salchow, a voiceover actress and producer from Summit, has transformed her audio expertise into a heartwarming venture—creating legacy voice tracks. This unique business allows people to preserve the cherished voices of their loved ones for the future.

Amanda Salchow poses with a photo of her grandmother, who’s interview inspired Amanda’s new business venture.

Inspired by the profound impact of recording her grandmother’s interview in 2003, Amanda has streamlined the process. Clients can choose between conducting interviews at home or utilizing ten open-ended questions for a DIY capsule. Amanda expertly edits the recordings with her professional touch, enhancing them with carefully selected sound and music. Upon completion, clients receive a beautifully mastered file on a personalized zip drive, ready to be treasured and shared with family for generations. Amanda is passionate about forging intergenerational bonds through these timeless sound capsules, each becoming a precious legacy and an invaluable heirloom—a heartfelt connection across generations. For more information, visit


Chatham Residents to Offer Free College Essay Seminars in March and April


ongtime media professionals Liz and Rich Alterman are helping students develop authentic and impactful college essays through their new business venture -- Alterman College Essay Consultants. Blending Liz’s experience as a novelist and essayist, Rich’s career in journalism and marketing, and years guiding friends and family as they navigate the essay-writing process, the pair supports students every step of the way, from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and final edits. With a focus on crafting insightful pieces that stand out in the competitive college admissions landscape, students also gain valuable writing and editing skills essential for college and beyond. The Altermans share their expertise with the community by hosting free college essay seminars. Upcoming presentations are scheduled at the Bernards Township and Maplewood libraries in March and April. For more information, visit

12-Year-Old Climbs Kilimanjaro

ammit Acharjee, a seventhgrader from Millburn, has turned his love for hiking into an inspiring adventure. Since toddlerhood, he’s found solace and joy in nature, especially during family hikes. Last summer marked a pinnacle as he conquered Kilimanjaro in Africa with his dad, Swagato, choosing the scenic Lemosho route. The sevenday ascent provided breathtaking views and a profound sense of

accomplishment. He also enjoyed meeting members of the Masai tribe and going on a safari. Sammit’s training regimen includes Tae Kwon Do, family hikes, and Boy Scout Troop 17 expeditions. This summer, he’s set his sights on Peru, ready to explore the icy beauty of Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain alongside his dad. Sammit’s journeys embody youthful determination, family bonds, and a passion for scaling new heights.

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Local’s Adversity Sparks Career in End-of-Life and Grief Support



In the wake of personal adversities, including a brain aneurysm and her husband’s early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Holly Strelzik of Summit has transformed her experiences into a compassionate journey of guiding others through end-of-life and grief support by founding the Center for the Heart (C4TH). Transitioning from a successful corporate career, Holly’s certifications as an End-ofLife Doula, Reiki Master, and Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist™ have equipped her to support individuals and families facing loss. Her mission, reflected in her nonprofit C4TH, is driven by a commitment to providing accessible endof-life and grief services. “Many are dying or experiencing longterm diagnoses alone. Often, people don’t understand that end-of-life experiences can be as beautiful and meaningful as birth,” says Holly. Her work at C4TH is regarded as sacred, shaped by the compassionate care she believes everyone deserves during the universal grief experiences due to loss and death. Annually, approximately 56 million people worldwide, including 2.5 million in the US, die, leaving an average of five grieving survivors per deceased individual. Future projections foresee a significant rise in global deaths, up to 100 million by 2050, Holly Strelzik poses with her husband Jonathan, whose early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis is coinciding with nearly 98 million individuals part of what inspired her to found Center for the Heart. aged 65 and older in the US by 2060 facing • Fostering collaboration for a higher risk of chronic illnesses. Studies teens with tools and resources to lay the comprehensive care. underscore the discomfort experienced foundation for positive end-of-life and during the final days of life, contributing to grief experiences in the next generations. • Interconnecting with like-minded heightened grief among surviving family and C4TH also offers a free End-of-Life Care nonprofits. friends. Planning Guide, an excellent resource for self and those cared for. In its foundational stages, the Center Center for the Heart’s vision is a world is developing programs to increase where everyone can access compassionate the standard of end-of-life and grief A personal caregiver, Holly’s and person-centered end-of-life and grief journey continues to be a beacon support care, focusing on those who care, supporting whole-person well-being. of compassionate guidance in her are underrepresented or facing financial Its core values include: work serving those navigating the struggles. Their non-clinical services will complexities of end-of-life and grief. promote emotional, spiritual, and physical • Providing care regardless of financial comfort. Additionally, C4TH is creating means. For more information, grief support initiatives to empower • Empowering informed decisions. visit anyone responsible for children and 8 | Vicinity Magazine | February 2024


Pantry is Extending a Heartfelt Helping Hand to the Community



Twelve Baskets Food Pantry, a cooperative project between First Presbyterian Church of Stirling, Meyersville Presbyterian Church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church of Millington, Long Hill Township Community Services, and CERT, is a vital support network making a difference in many people’s lives. Bolstering 60 households per distribution week, including 27 seniors, 60 adults (non-senior), 42 children, and 60 veterans, Twelve Baskets is where compassion meets action. Located at All Saints’ Church Parish House, 5 Church Road in Millington, from mid-October through June, and First Presbyterian Church of Stirling, 158 Central Avenue in Stirling, the rest of the year, the pantry is open on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening of each month. It provides non-perishable foods, fresh produce, and items like toilet paper, diapers, feminine hygiene products, clothing, and cleaning supplies. Patrons can also access the pantry for emergencies by contacting All Saints or Long Hill CERT offices. In addition, Twelve Baskets organizes Thanksgiving and Christmas drives, a holiday pie fundraiser, a summer lunch program, a community supper, and Help Bag Hunger Day at ShopRite of Stirling. According to volunteer Lynn Norcia, “No donation is too small to make a difference in the lives of those who are food insecure. We greatly appreciate all the community support we receive.” While food insecurity is prevalent yearround, factors like COVID, poverty, unemployment, federal cuts in SNAP benefits (food stamps), and inflation have driven a surge in food pantry demands. According to All Saints’ Rev. Vicki McGrath, in 2023, the number of families registered quadrupled from 16 to 63, which was an increase of 393 percent and is expected to increase even more this year. In addition, the food volume distributed went up from 37,000 pounds in 2022 to 51,515 pounds in 2023. Citing

Pictured here are Twelve Baskets Food Pantry volunteers, from left, Lynn Norcia of Stirling, and Lori Pilsbury of Millingron, at the Stirling Street Fair raising awareness about the Twelve Baskets Food Pantry.

Depending on donations from community members, local businesses, foodorientated companies, and farms, the pantry publishes its top five greatest needs on its website and social media every two weeks. To meet nutritional needs, donors are encouraged to provide healthy, nonperishable items, avoiding foods high in salt, sugar, and highly processed grains.

This card, featuring the inside message also pictured here, is just one of the heartfelt creations crafted for the Twelve Baskets Food Pantry volunteers, by a child from a family supported by the pantry.

2023 statistics, she said there were 36 distribution offerings and over 20 pick-ups from the Community Food Bank of NJ Distribution Center. Food was distributed by 39 volunteers from Long Hill CERT, members of the three sponsoring churches, local Boy and Girl Scouts, and community volunteers, who have logged more than 1,010 service hours supporting the pantry’s efforts.

Aside from physical donations, ShopRite gift cards in $25 increments are appreciated. Monetary donations can be made online by visiting https://secure. or by check payable to All Saints Church with “12 Baskets” in the memo. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to All Saints’ Church, PO Box 415, Millington, NJ 07946. Food donation barrels are available at All Saints’ side entrance, at 15 Basking Ridge Road in Millington, ShopRite in Stirling, and the Long Hill Township Library. For more information, visit

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Enchanting Winter Evening Tea at Reeves-Reed Arboretum


Make this Valentine’s Day memorable with an Evening Tea at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Indulge in the magic of a winter’s evening at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a truly special EVENING TEA in the historic Wisner House, offering panoramic views of a twinkling wonderland. The Secret Tea Room will offer an exquisite experience featuring a full, unlimited tea menu, including five herbal infusions. Choose your preferred tea, expertly brewed to perfection, and savor it alongside freshly baked scones from the Wisner House kitchen, accompanied by delectable jam, homemade clotted cream, and


delightful tea sandwiches made with fresh baguettes from BAKE. To sweeten the experience, a tier of delicious desserts will also be included. Immerse yourself in the romantic ambiance of this enchanting evening as you share delightful treats and warm tea with your loved ones. When registering for this event, make a note in the participant’s box on the checkout page of any dietary restrictions or seating requests. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free options are available. All requests must be communicated 48 hours before the event.

Friday, February 9, – 7 and 8pm Satuday, February 10 – 11 and 11:30am; 12noon and 2:30pm Reeves-Reed Arboretum 165 Hobart Ave, Summit 908-273-8787 To register visit calendar/

Super Saturday 10 Miler and 5K Family-Fun Race Event!

Gear up for a thrilling run at the 2024 Super Saturday 10 Miler and 5K races, where runners of all levels are invited to lace up their sneakers for a funfilled and invigorating experience. Stride through a scenic course in Long Hill Township and the Great Swamp, embracing the excitement of preparing for Super Bowl Sunday with a burst of energy and camaraderie. It’s not just a race; it’s a celebration of fitness, friendship, and the perfect way to set the tone for the big game day ahead. Lace up, run strong, and let the adrenaline propel you towards a memorable and active start to Super Bowl weekend! After the race, stay hydrated at strategically placed fluid stations every 2.5 miles, offering water and sports drinks. Replenish your energy with a post-run feast of soft pretzels, granola bars, and refreshing water, or indulge in $2 coffees and $5 breakfast sandwiches at the 10 | Vicinity Magazine | February 2024

Millington Cafe. Cherish the memories with complimentary participant photos! The first 1,000 registrants will receive tech tees, and all finishers will be rewarded with large medals. Prizes await the top runners in each age group and the most creatively costumed participants in the 10 Miler Run. While the fun run won’t be chip-timed, the top three male and female finishers will receive prizes in the 5K category. The races will benefit the Long Hill Township PBA

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Galentine’s Day Ladies’ Night Out: “After Midnight” – Unleash the Fun After Dark! A Swinging Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance



Step back in time and swing into the electrifying world of the Harlem Renaissance with “After Midnight,” an exhilarating musical revue that pays homage to the legendary Cotton Club. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled glamor of jazz and swing, celebrating the vibrant culture of New York City during this iconic era.

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features the ONSTAGE timeless music Duke Ellington, accompanied by Morristown is theofpremier fundraiser for the Morris the poetic brilliance of Langston Hughes. The stageenhancing comes alive Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization with a dynamic fusion ofinHughes’s evocative words and the 30 excellence in education the Morris School District for over melodies legends like Jimmy McHugh, Arlen, years. It isofa big-band unique showcase of amateur acts of allHarold ages that Ladies,Fields, ages gatherMorristown your squadcommunity. for a sassy and Dorothy and it’s more. celebrates the 21+, talents oftime the to greater sweet Jessica Sweets After Dark celebration with the fabulous “After Midnight” nightof ofthe musical enchantment, This year’s family yearoffeatures amazing cake artistmust-see Emilypromises Bauer. Getaevent ready for loads laughter,15 a touch of capturing the of in rock, the heart oftheater, New is York acts with diverse performances R&B, mischief, andessence a whole lotaofbygone fun!spanning It’sera a night where the cake as City. by the rhythm andAsoul of of unforgettable stand-up comedy, pop, jazz andsometimes, more! panel distinguished wildBe as transported the company – because desserts need a dash hits such as “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “Stormy arts and entertainment professionals will judge theto competition, of daring. Let loose, indulge, and make it a night remember! Weather,” “On will the have Sunny Side of the andinthe iconic “It where finalists the chance toStreet,” win $2,500 prizes Don’t Mean afan-favorite Thing.” 13, Tuesday, 7-9pmChoice Award. including theFebruary Audience Jessica Sweets Don’t miss February this spectacular journey Thursday, –7pm 489 Bloomfield Ave 29 Caldwell NJ through the Cotton Club’s golden age,Arts where the magic of jazz and the brilliance Mayo Performing Center, 100 South Street, Morristown For tickets visit, of Langston Hughes’s poetry come together to create an 973-539-8008 /

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Art Exhibit: Jan Huling

Das Bug; 2015; Fiberglass substrate, Czech glass beads, mixed media; Photo courtesy the artist.


Taking its name from Huling’s pandemic series, Everything is Alive, this exhibition will tap into the whimsical, mythical elements of Huling’s work and transform the Museum into a living wonderland where visitors can encounter one of her creations around any corner.

Taming the Tiger, 2014; Plaster substrate, brass chain, French beaded flowers, Czech glass beads, mixed media. Photo courtesy of artist

A centralized exhibition space will anchor the visitor experience, revealing the artist’s story and her unique, transformative artistry of realistic and

fantastical animal forms. Her work will be spread throughout the Morris Museum, building an immersive museum experience where visitors encounter the unexpected in familiar places. Friday, February 23 – Sunday May 36 Bickford Theatre Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown (973) 971-3700

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A boring, rainy afternoon turns into an amazing, mischievous, and hilarious adventure when The Cat in the Hat comes calling from the moment his tall, red-andwhite-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure… but what will mum find when she gets home…? The sensory friendly performance will have lights up, modified sound, a quiet room in addition to the ability to get out of your seat so children with sensory sensitivities may share in this family experience.

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at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts GALENTINE’S DAY FUN Gather your pals for an evening filled with laughter and creativity at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC). Embark on a paint night adventure, crafting seasonal porch sign wood signs to celebrate the joy of Galentine’s Day. Unleash your inner artist, share some laughs, and leave with a personalized masterpiece that will add a touch of charm to your porch. It’s the perfect way to celebrate friendship and creativity, turning a simple wooden canvas into a unique expression of your Galentine’s Day spirit. Let the paint flow and the good times roll in this funfilled night of crafting and camaraderie. The event is BYOB. Everything else will be provided.


Thursday, February 15 6-8pm

SCHOOL’S OUT: SUPERHERO DAY Your child(ren) will enjoy the day off from school by creating comic strips and decorating masks of their favorite superheroes at the METC. There will also be superhero-themed coloring and 3D printing. For a complete day of fun – the Museum will be open from 10 am to 4 pm for exploration before and after participating in the craft activities.

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For the month of February, the METC will feature a showcase of local artists of Afro-descent. The exhibit will focus on the Black existence and Black experiences. The works will highlight culture, traditions, significant figures, and issues within the Black community. Artists include students from West Orange High School and Drew University, using a variety of mediums including paint, colored pencils, oil pastels, markers, and collage.

During the Month of February Sunday: 12noon- 5pm; Tuesday thru Saturday—10am- 4pm (Closed on Monday)

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t’s as though I’m stepping from razor blade to razor blade.” “It feels like my feet are under attack by fire ants.” “Like I’m walking on wet paint and rolled up socks.” And you’re in this kind of pain all the time. ‘It’s relentless, keeping you up at night and preventing you from doing even the most mundane tasks. Things that I used to take for granted, like wearing shoes and going grocery shopping. Two of my three children were getting married last year and wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to attend their weddings,” shares Barbara W. Barbara was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in 2015, a degenerative condition affecting almost 5% of people over the age of 55. “My doctor sat me down and said ‘Barbara I’m so sorry to tell you this but you have neuropathy. I’m going to prescribe you Gabapentin to manage the discomfort but overall, neuropathy is untreatable.’ My first thought was ‘we can cure cancer but you can’t stop my feet from hurting?’ It felt like a cruel joke. While neuropathy can be caused by a number of things including diabetes and chemotherapy, over 23% of neuropathy cases are classified as idiopathic. In layman’s terms, the cause is unknown.

This was the case with Barbara. Eventually she was forced to quit her job because numbness started to set in and prevented her from driving. Fortunately, Barbara saw an article on Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine and the work they were doing to treat neuropathy. “I thought it had to be a sham. After so many specialists told me there was no hope here was this Doctor saying she had a 72% success rate in treating it! I just had to call, and I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am that I did.” Dr. Aleksandra Mihajlovic, DTCM founder of Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, says that cases like Barbara’s are incredibly common. “Almost all of my neuropathy patients have been told at one point or another that there is no hope. I like to think I specialize in hope.” To quote the New York Times, “Chinese medicine proves itself where Western medicine fails”. Dr. Aleksandra elaborates, “Acupuncture has been treating complicated, chronic conditions

like neuropathy for thousands of years. I start with a foundation based on this time-tested science and my more than a decade of clinical experience. I then tailor treatments based on several factors including the severity of your neuropathy, how long you’ve had it, whether or not there are any underlying factors, things of that nature. It’s because of these personalized treatment programs that we’re seeing such incredible results!” Five months later Barbara is back at work and thriving! “Working isn’t even the most exciting part,” exclaims Barbara. “Not only was I able to attend my son’s wedding but I could walk down the aisle! It was the most magical moment and I have Dr. Aleksandra to thank for it. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with neuropathy, it’s time to call Dr. Aleksandra and the staff at Sasha Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. Call (973) 444-8932 to schedule your very own comprehensive consultation and visit to take advantage of their new patient offer, a $49 consultation (normally $240).

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“After Midnight” – A Swinging Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance


Step back in time and swing into the electrifying world of the Harlem Renaissance with “After Midnight,” an exhilarating musical revue that pays homage to the legendary Cotton Club. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled glamor of jazz and swing, celebrating the vibrant culture of New York City during this iconic era. Conceived by the brilliant Jack Viertel, this dazzling production features the timeless music of Duke Ellington, accompanied by the poetic brilliance of Langston Hughes. The stage comes alive with a dynamic fusion of Hughes’s evocative words and the melodies of big-band legends like Jimmy McHugh, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, and more. “After Midnight” promises a night of musical enchantment, capturing the essence of a bygone era in the heart of New York City. Be transported by the rhythm and soul of unforgettable hits such as “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “Stormy Weather,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and the iconic “It Don’t Mean a Thing.” Don’t miss this spectacular journey through the Cotton Club’s golden age, where the magic of jazz and the brilliance of Langston Hughes’s poetry come together to create an

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Masters of Illusion


Starring the world’s greatest award-winning magicians, Masters of Illusion is unlike anything you have seen before – filled with modern illusions and arts of deception, performed live on stage. Watch closely as you experience things that just can’t be done……or can they? Audiences will be held at the edge of their seats by the jaw-dropping grand illusions and laugh out loud at the hysterical comedy magic as performers from around the world combine fantasy, fervor and flair with magic created in front of their very eyes. Masters of Illusion has performed live in front of tens of thousands of people around the US for the past six years and been seen by over 100 million viewers on the CW network as well as in 126 countries around the world. Thursday, March 14 –7:30pm Mayo Performing Arts Center 100 South Street, Morristown 973-539-8008

The 9th Annual

Gift Giving Simplified…

CSA Pasta Dinner Proceeds provide temporary financial assistance to New Providence neighbors

SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD • 3:00-7:00PM

Morristown ONSTAGE 2024


Morristown ONSTAGE is the premier fundraiser for the Morris Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization enhancing excellence in education in the Morris School District for over 30 years. It is a unique showcase of amateur acts of all ages that celebrates the talents of the greater Morristown community. This year’s must-see family event of the year features 15 amazing acts with diverse performances spanning rock, R&B, theater, stand-up comedy, pop, jazz and more! A panel of distinguished arts and entertainment professionals will judge the competition, where finalists will have the chance to win $2,500 in prizes including the fan-favorite Audience Choice Award. Thursday, February 29 –7pm Mayo ArtsAvenue, Center Caldwell • 973-228-1167 343Performing Bloomfield 100 South Street, Morristown @SmithCoGifts SmithCoGifts OPEN TUE-SAT /SmithCoGifts 973-539-8008 /

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DeCorso Community Center 15 E. Fourth Street, New Providence, NJ Basket Raffle & 50/50

$15/person • Under 5 FREE Purchase tickets at the door or with the QR CODE ➡ Dessert included Gluten-free pasta available

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Recognizing Macular Degeneration


Macular degeneration is an eye condition that primarily affects older individuals and can lead to vision loss. While it may progress slowly, it’s important to recognize its symptoms early on to seek timely treatment. Dr. Kurt Jackson advises patients to be vigilant for the following signs: 1. Blurred or Distorted Vision: One of the most common symptoms is a gradual decline in central vision, making it difficult to see fine details. 2. Dark Spots: Patients may notice dark spots or blind spots in the center of their visual field. 3. Straight Lines Appear Wavy: Straight lines may appear distorted or wavy, which can be a telltale sign of macular degeneration. 4. Difficulty Recognizing Faces: Recognizing faces or reading small print becomes challenging due to the loss of central vision.

5. Decreased Color Sensitivity: Some individuals may experience a reduced ability to perceive colors accurately. 6. Increased Sensitivity to Light: Macular degeneration can make the eyes more sensitive to bright light, leading to discomfort. 7. Difficulty Adapting to Low Light: Night vision may be compromised, making it hard to see in dimly lit environments. It’s important to remember that macular degeneration can vary in severity, and not everyone will experience all these symptoms. Regular eye check-ups with a qualified optometrist are crucial for early detection and management of the condition. If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to seek professional eye care promptly to preserve vision and quality of life.

Dr. Kurt Jackson

Jackson Eye Care 22 Old Short Hills Road, Ste. 202 Livingston, NJ 07039 862-904-8349




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Dr. Carol Eisenstat

Line Eraser MD is Redefining Aesthetic Medicine BY JACKIE SCHATELL, PHOTOS BY DAN EPSTEIN


In the fiercely competitive field of aesthetic medicine, Line Eraser MD distinguishes itself with a refreshing dedication to excellence, surpassing all traditional medical spas with a heightened commitment to quality. This dedication extends not only to the cutting-edge services offered but also to their expert delivery by Dr. Carol Eisenstat, a compassionate and highly-skilled board-certified physician renowned for her artistry, precision, and expertise. At Line Eraser MD, Dr. Eisenstat exclusively performs all the medical services, distinguishing it from typical medical spas where nurse practitioners and physician assistants often perform the procedures. Dr. Eisenstat’s unmatched dexterity and in-depth understanding of facial anatomy, coupled with her education as an anesthesiologist, set the standard for precision and expertise. Amanda Tiger and Jessica McKeon-Rhymer

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Line Eraser MD is Redefining Aesthetic Medicine More than just a medical spa, Line Eraser MD is an oasis of comfort and confidence. The resplendent decor harmonizes with exceptional services, revealing the natural beauty in every individual. From the first call to the warm welcome from Amanda and Jessica, the first points of contact, clients experience a blend of warmth, compassion, and expertise throughout their journey with Line Eraser MD. Explore the range of minimally invasive treatments at Line Eraser MD including Botox, ultrasound guided dermal filler placement, PDO Threads, Kybella, Daxxify, microneedling, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair and facial restoration guided with ultimate precision. Botox procedures also include treatments for migraines, TMJ, and excess sweating. The commitment to exceptional precision encompasses top-tier product offerings, including Botox, Juvederm, Revance, Dysport, Restylane, PDO Max, Rejuvapen, and SkinBetter Science. Additionally, this elevated medical aesthetics practice offers the transformative effects of collagen-stimulating fillers like Sculptra and Radiesse for results that appear natural and endure over an extended period. Dr. Eisenstat’s journey, from a seven-year accelerated Bachelor’s of Science degree – Medical Doctor program, where she graduated with a Magna Cum Laude distinction, to Chief Resident in Anesthesiology at SUNY-Stony Brook University, forms the foundation of Line Eraser MD’s commitment to precision and attention to detail.

Dr. Carol Eisenstat and Jessica McKeon-Rhymer,

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Amanda Tiger and Dr. Carol Eisenstat

Dr. Eisenstat was trained by top aesthetic industry leaders, such as: Dr. Lanna Cheuck, Dr. Christopher Surek, Dr. Steven Weiner, and many more. In addition, Dr. Eisenstat has been published alongside aesthetics industry giants like Dr. Shereene Idriss; and featured in the “NY Post,” “Daily Mail,” “Brides Magazine,” “The Zoe Report,” “Women’s Health,” “Fox,” “ABC,” and more, and as a Beauty Boss in “Spa and Beauty.” In addition, many local celebrities use Dr. Eisenstat as their preferred provider for aesthetic medicine procedures.

Jessica McKeon-Rhymer, Dr. Carol Eisenstat and Amanda Tiger

What truly sets Line Eraser MD apart is Dr. Eisenstat’s unwavering commitment to personalized care. Collaborating closely with each patient, she crafts customized treatment plans that set realistic expectations and resonate with individual needs and goals. Embracing the belief that no two faces, and no two people are the same, Dr. Eisenstat ensures a uniquely customized journey for every client, enhancing their innate beauty. Step into the realm of Line Eraser MD, where the brilliance of individualized beauty is not merely celebrated but meticulously enhanced. We guide each client on an exquisite journey towards their distinct radiance. As you traverse the halls of our oasis, you’ll find that Line Eraser MD is not just a destination for aesthetic refinement but an immersive experience. It unveils the unparalleled allure within every unique individual, leaving an indelible mark as a sanctuary where the essence of personalized and natural beauty truly comes to light.

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Support Your Local Merchant. Shop Local. Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts at nearby independently owned businesses in our community.

Show your Valentine you care with a spa experience at Dieci. A gift of relaxation and self-care, providing your significant other with a chance to unwind and pamper themselves. Receive 10% off gift cards of $150 or more. Offer valid through February 14, 2023.

Frame a work of art for your love this Valentine’s Day.

Dieci Lifestyle Spa

Mona Lisa Custom Picture Framing

90 West Mt. Pleasant Ave, Livingston | 973-716-0101

7 Highland Place, Maplewood | 973-762-2777

Adorn your loved one–or yourself–with our large selection of heart jewelry.

Pink Jewels Boutique

1110 Town Center Way, Livingston | 973-994-0975 |

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Elevate your Valentine’s Day style with a Gabriel & Co. luxury medallion pendant. From whimsical charms to elegant emblems of faith, these pendants invite you to express your personal style and will forever represent a special moment in your life. Add the chain of your choice to make this pendant part of your everyday look (we love it styled on a paperclip chain!).

Surprise Your Valentine with this beautiful, hot pink, lace chemise.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with special gifts and sweet treats. Also, gear up for Super Bowl Sunday with candy trays to elevate the game day experience.

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2 West Northfield Road, Livingston 973-994-1212

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these ADORABLE card cookies! Our hand-decorated cookies are not only delicious but make a super cute gift for someone you love on Valentine’s Day! Valentine cookies, cupcakes, cakes and other gift items also available. Shop online or in-store.

Splurge Bakery

Walter Bauman Jewelers

105 Main Street, Millburn | 973-379-0740

Give that special someone in your life the gift of glowing, hydrated skin this Valentine’s Day! The HydraFacial is a relaxing spa facial that cleanses the skin and pores, gently exfoliates, and hydrates beautifully. We also offer gift certificates that can be used towards any service!

Montclair Rejuvenation Center

1 Mount Prospect Avenue,Verona | Bloomfield Avenue, West Caldwell Appointments: 973-298-4395 | General Inquiries: 973-650-3204

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The Science Behind



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Visitors to Liberty Science Center will be inspired by the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, with The Science Behind Pixar. This massive, immersive exhibition showcases the computer science, math, and science concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. Created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, and featuring more than 50 interactive elements, The Science Behind Pixar embodies the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) thinking skills needed to create compelling films. The exhibition is organized into eight sections, each focusing on a step of Pixar’s technical process – Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering – providing visitors with a unique view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Visitors of all ages will engage in and learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from the first-ever computer animated feature film Toy Story, which opened over two decades ago, to more recent hits like the Incredibles 2.

“The Science Behind Pixar is an interactive exhibit that offers people a hands-on opportunity to understand how we make our films,” said Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios. “At Pixar, we use science, technology, engineering, art and math – along with a significant dash of creativity and fun – and this exhibit is truly a great demonstration of how all those ingredients come together in our filmmaking process.” “Pixar has brought smiles to the faces of audiences of all ages for decades, so we’re excited to see those same expressions of awe and wonder fill the halls of Liberty Science Center, while at the same time teaching about the power and science of animation,” said Paul Hoffman, the Center’s President & CEO. To better understand the science and math that goes into creating the worlds and characters of Pixar’s films, visitors will hear first-hand from members of the studios’ production teams. They will also be invited to experience different roles within the production pipeline, through screenbased activities and physical interactive elements. In Sets & Cameras, for example, visitors will discover how camera placement and angles created a bug’s-eye view for A Bug’s Life. Visitors will try their hand at creating a digital sculpture from an artist’s sketch in Modeling, and use lights to solve challenges similar to ones Pixar faced in creating underwater scenes with virtual light in Finding Nemo in Lighting. Rigging showcases how the models are given a virtual skeleton that enables the animators to pose them, and in Surfaces, visitors can immerse themselves in the techniques that give surfaces color and texture. Visitors will also have the opportunity to take their photo with humansize recreations of many of their favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E. Runs through May 5 Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City 201- 200-1000 / February 2024 | | 27

How to Choose a Summer Camp Your Kids Will Love and You Approve



Summer camp offers kids plenty of benefits, and many kids are thrilled with the idea of going away to summer camp. Still, for some kids, particularly those who are shy, introverted, or homebodies, the thought of going away for a night, let alone a week or more, can cause considerable anxiety. When kids are adamantly opposed, forcing summer camp on them may not be in their best interest. But for kids who are eager—or at least willing to give it a shot without much fuss—summer camp offers opportunities kids may not have elsewhere. Summer camp provides kids the following benefits: • fosters independence • a place to develop new and lasting friendships • development of new skills • discovery of new interests and hobbies • the opportunity for creative expression • a break from being plugged-in daily exercise • improves their self-esteem • teaches kids to work with others • makes them feel part of a community • prevents or reduces summer learning loss

Once you and your child have narrowed the list down you’ll want to investigate the camps further. There are several things you’ll want to consider.

What are the staff’s qualifications? Many summer camps use teens to staff the camps. Teens make excellent mentors and can bring liveliness to summer camp programs. However, the programs themselves should be developed by professionals and have professional oversight to ensure kids are getting the most from their camp experience.

How does the camp ensure your child’s safety? Find out what kind of safety training the camp provides its staffers. Also, is there staff on hand at all times that knows CPR? What are the camp’s procedures in the event your child becomes ill, has an accident, or an emergency?

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What is the daily schedule for campers? Ask for a daily itinerary, so you know your child will be getting everything you and your child anticipate from the program.

What are the rules? Each camp has its own set of rules. So, find out whether your child is allowed to call you. If it’s a summer-long residential camp, can parents come and visit? Can kids bring along a cell phone or electronics? Also, how much money can they bring, and how is it managed? Keep in mind, although there are many great camps, no camp is likely to offer everything precisely the way you want it. Just choose the one that best fits your child and satisfies your most important criteria. Remember, your child will have many summers to come and plenty more opportunities to work in more exciting camp experiences.

SUMMER CAMP ACTIVITIES 2024 Bricks 4 Kidz STEM Enrichment Camps 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston TYPE: Day, Special Needs ACADEMICS: STEM

Camp NMOA at The Newark Museum of Art 49 Washington Street, Newark TYPE: Day, Coed ARTS: Art & Design, Music ACADEMICS: STEM

Camp Ramah in the Poconos Lakewood, PA 215-885-8556 TYPE: Overnight ACADEMICS: Outdoor Education, Culinary Arts, Nature, Survival Skills, Rocketry, Chess/Board Games

ARTS: Creative Arts, Music and Performing Arts SPORTS: Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Running, Zumba, Martial Arts, Archery, Pickleball, High Ropes, Rock Climbing Wall WATER: Swim instruction, free swim, stand-up baddle boarding, kayaking, inflatables, rowing, sailing, speedboat

Creative Drama Camp SOPAC, 444 W. South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ TYPE: Day, COED ARTS: Drama, theatre

Essex County College Summer Youth Program Newark Campus & West Caldwell Campus 973-877-3079 TYPE: Day, COED ACADEMICS: Coding, Culinary, Entrepreneurship, Literacy Math, STEM, Test Prep, Video Gaming ARTS: Acting, Arts/Crafts, Fine Arts

Essex Youth Theater In Residence at Studio Playhouse 14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair 973-746-3303 TYPE: Day, Coed ARTS: Acting, Drama, Music

Fairview Lake YMCA 1035 Fairview Lake Road, Newton, NJ TYPE: Day, COED, Overnight ARTS: Acting, Creative Writing, Drama, Dance, Arts/Crafts, SPORTS: Basketball, Lacrosse, Rowing,

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SUMMER CAMP ACTIVITIES 2024 Soccer, Volleyball WATER: Aquatic Study, Fishing, Boating, Swimming

House of Dezign Fashion Camp 11B Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham, NJ TYPE: Day ARTS: Fashion and Design House of Dezign’s kids fashion camps is specially designed for children (Ages 6-12) so they can explore the fashion world. Their teen design summer camp is all about teaching campers how to sew, design, and all factors we consider in the fashion industry.

Island Lake Camp 50 Island Lake Road, Starrucca, PA 570-798-2550 TYPE: Overnight, COED ARTS: Theatre, Dance, Arts/Crafts, Circus, SPORTS: Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Soccer, Touch/Flag Football, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Roller Hockey, Boxing, Golf, Fencing and more. WATER: Swim, Boating, Boarding, Fishing

International Sports Training Camp 1100 Twin Lake Road, Stroudsburg, PA TYPE: Overnight, COED SPORTS: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Games, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mounting Biking, Roller Hockey, Ropes Course, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Zip Line

JCC Camp Deeny Riback (JCCA) 208 Flanders Netcong Rd, Flanders, NJ 973-929-2901 TYPE: Day, Coed ACADEMICS: Culinary, Farming, Photography ARTS: Acting, Arts & Crafts, Dance, Theater

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SPORTS: Aerobics, Basketball, Fitness, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Soccer ARTS: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Fashion Design

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp 73 E. Valley Brook Road, Long Valley, NJ TYPE: Day, COED ARTS: Arts/Crafts, Culinary, Dance, Pottery SPORTS: Archery, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Soccer, Street Hockey, Tennis WATER: Boating, Fishing, Swimming

Musical Theatre Conservatory’s Broadway Bootcamp 973-868-6259 TYPE: Day ARTS: Acting, Arts/Crafts, Dance, Drama, Makeup, Music, Song Interpretation Shows, Theater WATER: Pool, Swim Party “Theatre for Life” is more than just a motto; it is their guiding philosophy. They believe that creative expression through the performing arts can have a lasting impact on students whether they simply have a love for the arts, want to learn to better express themselves, or desire a career as theatre professionals.

Natural Discovery Camp—Cora Hartshorn 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills, NJ 973-376-3587 TYPE: Day, COED ARTS: Arts/Crafts ACADEMICS: Biology, Forest Ecology, Science, Wildlife Ecology, Nature Exposure

New Jersey Ballet School 7-9 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 973-597-9600 | TYPE: Day ARTS: Dance

New Summer Intensive Programs! • AGES 12-18: The five-week Summer Intensive is geared towards serious ballet students ages 12 to 18 who have a passion for dance and are ready to achieve a new level of artistic excellence. June 24-July 27, 2024; Students must audition for this program. • AGES 8-12: New Jersey Ballet School will host a two-week Youth Summer Intensive geared towards the next generation of budding young dancers. While the program will center around classical ballet training, there will also be a variety of other dance styles for all to enjoy.July 29-August 9, 2024 • Four-week Open Summer Program: July 29 - August 23, 2024; Ages 4 through Adult

Newark Academy Livingston, NJ 973-992-7000 ext. 217 TYPE: Day ACADEMICS: College Prep, Computer/ Technology, Languages, Robotics, Science, STEM ARTS: Acting, Dance, Drama, Music, Photography, Theater SPORTS: Baseball

Prime Time Summer Arts and Preschool Summer Arts 14 South Park, Montclair, NJ 07042 973-655-9819 TYPE: Day ARTS: Acting, Dance, Drama, Musical Theater, Theater SPORTS: Fitness Full and half-day summer programs of Dance, Drama, Music, Art, and Choreography for ages 3-14. Every session is different so you can register for the whole summer.


NJPAC Arts Education Training 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ 973-353-7058 TYPE: Day, Coed ARTS: Dance, Music, Theater

School of Rock Summer Music Camps 60 Main St, Chatham 973-635-2100 TYPE: Day ARTS: Music Music lessons are taught by real, practicing musicians… from singing to piano, bass, guitar, drums—even ukulele.



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Stepping Forward Therapeutic Summer C.A.M.P. 26 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 973-635-6550 TYPE: Day, Coed, Special Needs ADVENTURE: Day Trips ARTS: Arts/Crafts, Drama SPORTS: Martial Arts, Other Sports, Yoga WATER ACTIVITY: Swimming

Summer Adventures at Oak Knoll 44 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ 908-522-8186 TYPE: Day, Coed ACADEMICS: CIT, College Prep, Science, STEM ADVENTURE: Day Trips ARTS: Acting, Arts/Crafts, Dance, Drama, Music, Theater SPORTS: Archery, Lacrosse, Soccer WATER ACTIVITY: Swimming

REGISTER ONLINE Dance Classes for All Ages PreSchool Summer Arts Program PrimeTime Summer Arts Program | 973-655-9819 14 South Park Street, Montclair, NJ Montclair’s Premier Acting School for Kids for Over 30 Years!

ESSEX YOUTH THEATER In Residence at The Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair

Summer at Far Brook 52 Great Hills Road, Short Hills 973-379-3442 TYPE: Day, Coed

Where Every Child is a Star! Summer Theater Day Camp! • For Ages 6-13 • On-Stage, In a Real Theater! • Exciting Plays & Musicals • Lots of Individual Attention in a Friendly Atmosphere • Every Child Gets a Starring Role!

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This Madison resident finished high school in Bergenfield, NJ where she grew up, and worked briefly before enrolling in the Germain School of Photography in New York City. Armed with a diploma she spent several years working as an assistant to a commercial still-life photographer. Eventually, practicality won out and Margo left the studio for a job at Grey Advertising in the Media and Marketing departments in order to get the benefits that go along with a steady paycheck in the corporate world. With the birth of her child in 1997 she left the corporate world to stay home with her son while studying Yoga and Massage Therapy, and even qualifying as a teacher in those fields. By 2015 she reengaged with her love of photography taking classes at the New York Center of the Arts. Closer to home, Margo began to study with Danielle Austin at the Art Center of New Jersey in Summit, and participated in her first exhibit in 2019. She has been working relentlessly ever since.

Jessica Margo


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Taking walks in the woods at the Loantaka Reservation for over 20 years. Margo says she’d walked with her son when he was small, and then her dog, then finally alone. In her photograph, Loantaka, she has found what she refers to as a narrative moment. One day she found herself right at the edge of the parking lot where she’d been countless times in the past. But in this moment the light was different, and there it was. A startling display of color contrasts and graphic elements falling into place, and noticed by her just because of the play of light in that instant. It’s like much of her work, which is about noticing things that might go unnoticed, except for a confluence of circumstances that made the moment different. There came a time during the pandemic when Margo spent a lot of time walking on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She says she then noticed how many of the older luxury apartment buildings had very elaborate doorways, often with decorative wrought iron work. Captivated by the intricacies she began to photograph them. And again, in the way that Margo finds the unnoticed noticeable, she saw the doormen. Each poised in different fashion depending on the moment. Here, in Doorman, we see one, and can’t help wondering what’s on his mind, and what his experience of the pandemic must be. Last year, Margo became interested in the idea of an artist residency, and too impatient with the process of applying to various grantors, she created her own personal project, and self-funded a month of photographic exploration in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Working in this resort area out of season, it opened her eyes to different aspects of the Jersey Shore. Eventually, captivated by the relentless action of the ocean, she approached the waters edge with her camera set to very slow shutter speeds, and created a series of surf-based abstractions like this one, Solitude. We find ourselves lost in the abstraction, and likewise, recognizing the subject matter and it’s eternity. And like most of Margo’s oeuvre, it’s about an almost mundane moment, noticed, and hence anything but.


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Reduce Stress W — for a —

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While you can’t always limit the amount of stress in your life, you can work on changing how you respond to it. Just like the automatic “fight or flight” response that kicks in when you’re scared – your muscles tense, heart rate increases, and brain becomes more alert – your body also has a built-in, healthy relaxation response. When that’s triggered, the opposite happens: your breathing and heart rate slow down, and your blood pressure decreases.

Luckily, with practice, you can learn to trigger that response. Try these techniques on your own or find a teacher or class to help you get started. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the hang of it quickly. And if one approach doesn’t work for you, try something new. You can learn to de-stress in lots of other ways. • MEDITATION. One of the most studied approaches for managing stress, this involves developing your ability to stay focused on the present, instead of worrying about the past or future. Find a quiet location with as few distractions as possible. Get comfortable by either sitting, lying or walking. Focus your attention on a specific word or set of words, an object or your breathing. And let distractions, including thoughts, come and go without judgment. • PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION. To feel the effect, first tense your muscles for a few seconds, then relax them. Start by tensing and relaxing your toes, then your calves and on up to your face. Do one muscle group at a time. • DEEP BREATHING. Take in a slow, deep breath, let your stomach or chest expand and then exhale slowly. Repeat a few times. Many people don’t breathe deeply, but it is relaxing and something you can do anytime, anywhere.

• GUIDED IMAGERY. This involves a series of steps that include relaxing and visualizing the details of a calm, peaceful setting, such as a garden. Getting your mind and body to a place of calm doesn’t always mean being still, however. Other healthy ways to manage stress include taking a yoga or tai chi class, talking to a professional counselor, joining a stress management program or an art class, or meeting up with friends for a brisk walk. Being in nature can be very soothing for some people. Combining de-stressors like these with other healthy habits can go a long way toward strengthening your heart. Eat more veggies, fruits and whole grains, and less sodium, sugar and saturated fats, for example. Move your body more – like through dancing and walking meetings. Find exercises you actually love and do them regularly. Get enough good, quality sleep. And develop a strong social support system. Then rethink some of the familiar ways you may be coping with stress, such as drinking alcohol frequently, using drugs and other substances, smoking or overeating. They can actually worsen your stress – and your health.

Learn how to stress less for a healthier heart and more about heart health from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute by visiting

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DINING GUIDE It is recommend that you call in advance as reservations may be required.

Scalini Fedeli

Mezza Mediterranean

63 Main Street, Chatham | 973-701-9200 French-influenced Italian fixed-price menus in an elegant, vaulted interior with Tuscan touches.


Restaurant Serenade

277 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston 973-992-9300 | At Mezza Mediterranean, patrons will find a fusion of Old-World tradition and New World innovation to the palate.

Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge 538 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-898-1188 | Japanese restaurant featuring a wide selection of sushi, rolls, and other Japanese favorites.

6 Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928 973-701-0303 | Artful dining, as conceived by award-winning Chef James Laird. A showcase of the finest hand-selected seasonal and regional ingredients in simple, refined presentations by Chef Laird.

Bottle Hill Tavern


Grillera Mediterranean Cuisine

Proud Thai Cookery Ancona Bistro 645 Valley Road, Gillette | 908-647-5755 Northern Italian entrees and pastas.

Casa Maya 615 Meyersville Road, Gillette 908-580-0799 Family-friendly BYOB serving Sonoran-stule Mexican cuisine. 645 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-0055 | Authentic Thai cuisine

Strega Bistro 430 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-5905 Modern Italian farm-to-table bistro featuring seasonal organic menu with Mediterranean influenced-specials.

Vintage Tavern 342 Valley Rd, Gillette | 908-580-1100 New American tavern with pub-grub standards, including burgers, thin-crust pizzas and more. Your go-to spot for sports, live entertainment, trivia, bingo, private parties & much more!


Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery 279 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-665-1755 | A microbrewery offering seasonal craft brews & a delicate menu that accentuates a southern flare.

Gregorio’s Mediterranean Restaurant 255A Main Street, Chatham | 973-635-2777 Italian Mediterranean cuisine bursting with flavor.

Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine 237 Main St, Chatham | 973-635-3888 Traditional Japanese specialties and cuisine

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Krust Kitchen 7 Cross St, Madison | 908-525-7878 Pizza

MAPLEWOOD Luna Stella 5 Highland Pl, Maplewood | (973) 761-7600 New American with an emphasis on creativity, fresh ingredients, and inventive cocktails.

ARTIE’S 15 Newark Way, Maplewood | (973) 378-5800 Destination featuring a bread bakery, plus a wood-fired pizzeria, wine & cocktails.

MILLBURN Liv Breads Assado Portuguese Steakhouse

8-10 S Passaic Ave, Chatham | 973-635-6772 Traditional American cuisine.

91 Park Ave, Madison | 973-301-2080 Distinguished Mediterranean Cuisine

149 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood (973) 327-2642 | This Japanese noodle house known for its ramen has modern, stylish decor & a BYOB policy.

538 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights 908-898-1188 | Japanese restaurant featuring a wide selection of sushi, rolls, and other Japanese favorites.

Charley’s Aunt Restaurant

13 Waverly Place,, Madison | 973-949-6060 Tavern Fare—Comfort Flare

Ani Ramen House

Nagoya Sushi & Tiki Lounge



222 N Livingston Avenue, Livingston 973-422-0501 | Their rustic yet modern decor provides the perfect setting for a Portuguese steakhouse experience. Assado is a BYOB welcoming our patrons to pair their desired wine with our traditional dishes. They also offer online ordering so you can enjoy our food from anywhere.

184 Essex Street, Millburn 973-218-6922 | Artisan bakery & coffee bar

Boccone 471 W Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston, 973-378-9222 | Southern Mediterranean Italian Cuisine

Lithos Estiatorio 405 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston 973-758-1111 | Greek Cuisine

Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine 59 Main St, Millburn | 973-912-8838 Ms. Lin Chinese provides convenient take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner and specializes in off-premise catering.

Umi Sushi

Papillon 25

339 Millburn Ave, Millburn 973-921-2848 Traditional and Fusion sushi and sashimi. Also find teriyaki, tempura, udon and soba noodle dinners. Most fish is wild-caught. Free delivery.

25 Valley St, South Orange (973) 761-5299 Sophisticated restaurant & martini bar serving New American fare in a modern space with live jazz.

NEW PROVIDENCE Moe’s Bistro and Bar 535 Central Ave, New Providence 908-840-4540 Located inside the Best Western Plus & Murray Hill Hotel and Suites, Mediterranean flare.

Coppola Ristorante & Pizzeria 590 Central Ave, New Providence 908-665-0266 Offering pizzas & formal Italian dishes

SHORT HILLS Boxcar Bar & Grill 25 Chatham Rd, Short Hills 973-912-0002 Bar fare

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge 440 Parsonage Hill Road, Short Hills | 973-467-8882 A full service restaurant, bar & lounge located on the East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills. Offering bar bites, burgers and tasty entrees.

SOUTH ORANGE Bistro d’Azur 14 Academy Street, South Orange | (973) 327-9725 BYOB fine dining establishment that transports guests to the vibrant South of France. The restaurant’s prix fixe menu showcases the diverse flavors of the Mediterranean region.

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Giorgio’s Ristorante 52 Vose Ave, South Orange (973) 762-4440 Traditional Italian food favorites served in a white-tablecloth setting in a cozy, converted home.

STIRLING Trattoria Biagio 239 Main Avenue, Stirling 908-350-8064 Authentic Italian cuisine

Twelve Islands Greek Taverna 1255 Valley Rd, Stirling 908-647-2193 Traditional Greek fare



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50 Maple St, Summit 908-608-0222 Authentic Argentinian/Italian tapas restaurant

Healthy,Fresh & Authentic Chinese Food

La Pastaria

Our dishes are prepared fresh daily, from ingredients delivered daily and using homemade sauces created in our own kitchen—daily!

327 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-522-9088 Italian cusine


Natale’s Summit Bakery 185 Broad St, Summit 908-277-2074 Enjoy a selection of house made specialties including breads, pastries, pies and cakes. Daily specials. This family owned and operated bakery is serving up their delicious twist on bakery classics for over 80 years.

Suburban Essex

2023 Silver Winner

Roots Steakhouse 401 Springfield Ave, Summit 908-273-0027 Old-fashioned NY- style Steakhouse—expect delicious USDA aged prime beef sourced from the highest quality ranches in the mid-west.

Ms. Lin Chinese Cuisine

Dine in area is now open! Delivery & curbside pickup available

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This month I had the honor to speak with a living legend. Vince Papale, who was a walk on for the Philadelphia Eagles and who Mark Wahlberg played in the movie Invincible, just received the Living Legend Award by The Philadelphia Sports Writers. Invincible was one of my favorite inspirational movies along with Rudy. I remember taking my boys to the movie and right after the movie around 11pm we went home and picked up a football and drove to the high school field to throw it around. We all thought we were running the 50-yard dash as fast as Vince while we leaped and caught the football with one hand. Ok…maybe just my boys did that. We were so pumped up and inspired by the story. Barry Farber: If there is one thing, I’ve learned from all your achievements including your walk-on performance with the Philadelphia Eagles is that you have tremendous tenacity driven by passion and vision. Can you tell me how your tenacity started in the very beginning? Vince Papale: It had to be something that I was surrounded with early in my life and that certainly came from my parents. My mother was a great athlete and my father was a great athlete. However, they were both one of nine and growing up during the Great Depression and prior to World War Two. After the war was over and I was born, their work ethics were incredible. My mom worked as a volunteer and my father worked on the river at Westinghouse. Their hard work was an asset that I was exposed to early on. They would never let me not finish something that I started. That was part of the house rule. BF: How has that work ethic and tenacity impacted your life’s work?

VP: If I extend that to my life now… I’m 77 and still nowhere near retired. When I was with the Eagles, I had to be tenacious because they were coming at me from all angles because they didn’t like my style of play. It was a little different than the style of play back then. Most wide receivers were soft and didn’t have that tenacious attitude where you would hit anything that moved kind of attitude.. Being tenacious is something that’s been ingrained in my life. I’ve been surrounded by tenacious people including my wife, Janet. Nobody works harder than her. In the movie they have her as a Giants fan but Janet was a world class gymnast on the USA world gymnastics team. There were six sisters in her family that were all gymnasts and she was the one who was told that she would be the one taking them to practice because she had the least talent of them all. And she’s the only one in that family that ended up wearing USA on her jersey. So, it’s something that’s ingrained in our house as well. BF: One of my favorite quotes is: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. VP: I like that one! Dick Vermeil has a similar quote…” An opportunity is worth to a person exactly what their preparation enables them to make it”. I didn’t see that quote prior to me going out for the Eagles but I think I was the example of that quote when I found out I had that shot. I was ready to go 30 years old or not. I just needed the opportunity. BF: Any other advice that the readers would appreciate about what you practice every day? VP: More than anything, I refuse to give up. People told me it couldn’t be done.

I’m looking at a picture now of coach, Dick Vermeil when we were at the premiere of the movie Invincible and the absolute joy in our faces. BF: Many people think they are tenacious and just keep getting setbacks and rejected. Any advice for them? VP: Sometimes they might need someone around them that could give them encouragement to get through that. It could be a mentor. It could be the partner, the wife, the friend, the sister, brother or whoever it might be. What I tell people is that it’s not always perfect. I feel vulnerable sometimes but I surround myself with a group of very positive people and refuse to have the negativity seep in. When I was trying out for the Eagles, everyone said you’re too old and it’s never been done before. You’re too old, you never played college football… what are you crazy! It’s all about achieving that impossible dream and you can’t do it alone. Everybody says it takes teamwork to make the dream work. BF: What’s your definition of success today? VP: Doing something that somebody said was impossible to do.

BARRY FARBER is a best-selling author, an award winning radio and television host as well as an agent and marketing consultant for corporations, professional athletes, and entertainers. He’s also the creator and marketer of the FoldzFlat® Pens. His latest release is an inspirational children’s book “In search of the magic tree” available at Follow him @barryfarberofficial.

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